GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19

GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19
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GOP Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Ill.) announced on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the latest member of Congress to contract the virus. 

Bost, who represents Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, said in a statement that he got tested after experiencing “a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell.” He never had a fever. 

The congressman said he is postponing public events and will instead conduct virtual events as he isolates at home.  


Any staff that’s been in close contact with him will quarantine until receiving their own test results. His office is also reaching out to any constituents he’s met with in recent days. 

“We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety,” Bost said. “I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery."


Bost is the latest lawmaker to contract the virus.

Rep. Salud CarbajalSalud CarbajalCapitol riots spark fear of Trump's military powers in final days House Democrats push Biden's Pentagon pick on civilian control of military GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19. 

While it is unclear how Carbajal contracted the virus, the congressman interacted with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing' MORE (R-Utah), who tested positive for the disease after attending a White House event for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Other event attendees, including former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls for thorough Lincoln Project probe: 'The lying has to stop' Claudia Conway advances on 'American Idol,' parents Kellyanne, George appear The swift death of the media darlings known as the Lincoln Project MORE, former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieBiden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug Cancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon MORE (R) and Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R-N.C.) also tested positive for the disease. 

Thirteen other House members have also tested positive for COVID-19 or had a presumed case of coronavirus: Reps. Jahana HayesJahana HayesHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Parents of Sandy Hook victims slam Taylor Greene's appointment to Education Committee GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem MORE (D-Conn.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisLawmakers propose draft bill to create Capitol riot commission Pelosi says 9/11-style commission to investigate Capitol breach is 'next step' Conservative House Republican welcomes Clark as chief of US Chamber MORE (R-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertNIH director: Mask politicalization may have cost 'tens of thousands' of lives in US Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings MORE (R-Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithHouse Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Va.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceRepublican Party going off the rails? Trump unloads on McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans MORE (R-S.C.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellySupreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits Pennsylvania's Democratic lt. governor files to run for Senate READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Pa.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamLobbying world We lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartFlorida Republicans push Biden to implement Trump order on Venezuela Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Bottom line MORE (R-Fla.). 

President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE last Friday announced that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' MORE had tested positive for COVID-19. Since his diagnosis, the president has been hospitalized and received several treatments for the virus including anti-viral drug remdesivir and a strong steroid called dexamethasone.